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Category: United States

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TRUST REPORTING: NEW REQUIREMENTS COMING SOON!

Under the current rules, a trust only needs to file an annual tax return but generally does not need to file the return if it does not earn an income or make any distributions in the year. (Notwithstanding that the Canada Revenue Agency has increased its demand for “nil returns”…

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To Kill a Mockingbird, part II

This Blog was written by: Natalie Bender   For many of us, Harper Lee’s acclaimed novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” was a staple on our high school reading list (and was likely one we re-visited in university). The novel is a Pulitzer Prize winner, and has become a classic in…

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Estate and Trusts with Foreign Properties and/or Transactions: Update on Reporting Implications

Sometime ago, I wrote that the Income Tax Act requires persons and partnerships to file information returns in respect of foreign property ownership (specified foreign property in excess $100,000) and transactions with non-residents . This extends to trusts and estates. Those who file such a return late or do not…

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Saying good bye publicly and privately to a remarkable woman.

“Yesterday, we lost a giant – an exceptionally creative scientist and engineer who was also a delightful human being. Millie Dresselhaus began life as the child of poor Polish immigrants in the Bronx; by the end, she was Institute Professor Emerita, the highest distinction awarded by the MIT faculty. A…

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Tomorrow is Election Day in the U.S.

No matter who wins the election, any changes to the U.S. Estate tax system won’t likely happen right away but one thing is certain, this election has being very taxing on everyone.

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A Chocolate Covered Trust Company

In 1905 Milton Hershey founded the Hershey Trust Company, which has been the majority owner of the Hershey Company. The primary purpose of the $12.3 billion Trust Company is to act as Trustee and support the Milton Hershey School in Hershey, Pennsylvania

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INCOME FROM A U.S. TRUST: CAN IT EVER BE TREATED AS DIVIDEND INCOME?

Sometime ago, a relative of a Canadian taxpayer died in the US and she left her money in a charitable trust, with some of the income bequeathed to the Canadian taxpayer annually. The trust income is derived mostly from US dividends. With a series of proposed adjustments to her personal…

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UNCLE SAM’S REACH CONTINUES – THIS TIME POTENTIALLY TO YOUR ABILITY TO TRAVEL

Like many countries rules for being a citizen, an individual is a US citizen either because they were born in the United States or because they have become a citizen through the process of naturalization. Either way, once a US citizen you are entitled to the rights, privileges and benefits of being a US citizen. One of those privileges is the right to acquire a US passport.

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CAPITAL DIVIDENDS FROM A TRUST TO NON-RESIDENTS – TAX ISSUES

Subject to the relevant sections of the Income Tax Act, a Canadian private corporation has a special corporate tax account known as a capital dividend account (“CDA”) which gives shareholders designated capital dividends, tax free. The CDA of a corporation may include the non-taxable portion of the company’s capital gains,…

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FLYING SOUTH FOR THE WINTER

As winter finally sets in for us Canadians and our Canadian snowbirds begin to head south, we often see an increase in interest among our clients with the concept of owning a home in the southern USA. While the Canadian dollar may make this somewhat unattractive at the moment and perhaps for the foreseeable future given some recent forecasts, there will always be deals to be had and emotional decisions to be made. As a result, I take this blog as an opportunity to remind readers of the implications of owning a US vacation property.

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